There was already plenty to write about for today, with the return of Brian Barnhart. Then we heard about the cancellation of the season-opening race in Brazil, late yesterday afternoon. Since this is still a developing story as I sit down to write, I’ll continue with my plan to write about Brian Barnhart and what I think this means to the Verizon IndyCar Series. But by Monday, there should be enough facts in hand to have a pretty good handle on exactly what happened with Brazil.
Last week, Curt Cavin’s Q&A featured a question that raised my interest. It was from someone named Rod in Kokomo, Indiana. I’m paraphrasing, but Rod asked if there might be any special throwback liveries for cars in the 2016 Indianapolis 500, which also happens to be the one-hundredth running of the race. Rod sited a few examples he’d like to see; a Coyote-orange Foyt car, a Marlboro car and something reminiscent of the Johnny Lightening Special that Al Unser piloted to consecutive victories in 1970-71.
When I called in sick this past Friday, I mentioned that I had an idea for a post, which may or may not remain timely throughout the weekend. Fortunately, or unfortunately – however you want to look at it – the topic remained timely. It should have been about the Rolex24, which is always a nice kickoff for the racing season to take our minds off of the long IndyCar offseason.
The plan for last night was to write a post on a very timely topic for today. However, when I left work last night, the forty-three degree temperature felt unusually cold. When I got to my car, my teeth were chattering. I knew this wasn’t good.
A major milestone was crossed this past Sunday. No, it wasn’t that we learned the participants of Super Bowl XLIX – something that Colts fans would prefer to forget. It was the homologation deadline for the aero kit design for 2015.
After my collection of rants on Friday, many will wonder if I ate an overdose of grumpy flakes this morning after you read this. I’ll promise I didn’t start 2015 on the wrong side of the bed. It probably just appears that way after some of my recent posts.
Over Christmas, in between the plethora of bowl games – I thought it would be a great idea to watch the ABC telecast of the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Susan wasn’t convinced it was that great of an idea; but she’s a good sport, so she humored me.